Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Color

Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Color

Lips, Product reviews, Videos
Didya know that drugstore brands are coming out with liquid lipsticks like crazy now? It seems like everyone's looking for a matte, long-lasting lip. I've used a few high-end versions, and now I'm finally sharing a drugstore one with you! I was sent the Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Color by Influenster. I've talked about them in many posts, but you can find the first one here. But of course, while I was sent these lipsticks for review for free, the opinions I'm sharing in this post are all my own. I was sent the shades Constant Toast and Keep Up the Flame. Constant Toast is a frosty pink, and KUTF is a bright red. These lipsticks are double-ended, with the color on one side and a balm on the other. The…
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Cheap + Easy Glitter Lips for Halloween

Cheap + Easy Glitter Lips for Halloween

Fall, Lips, Product reviews, Seasonal, Tutorials and Tips, Videos
Wow, Colleen's doing a Halloween post? Well, kinda... I've never really gotten into Halloween, except for the candy when I was a kid. Now, I supposed I'd be excited for a costume party just for the fun makeup. So today's post and video are about getting awesome glittery lips without the mess and expense of glitter glue and loose glitter. Does it look exactly the same as if you went through all that trouble? Not completely. But does it still look cool? Yep. I got these glitter singles from Wet 'n Wild a while ago and used them on my eyes a couple times (including in my first 2-minute transformation video). But being the lipstick-lover I am, I naturally began to wonder how these would work on the lips. The…
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Trying on Bold Lipsticks from the Drugstore

Trying on Bold Lipsticks from the Drugstore

Beauty hauls, Lips, Product reviews, Videos
I'M LOVING THIS WEIRD LIPSTICK TREND. Also, I love starting all my blog posts with all caps... Lots of brands are coming out with bold, crazy lipsticks. Now it's easy to get them from the drugstore, too! I grabbed a few shades of the new Maybelline Loaded Bolds collection, and some new shades from the NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick collection. I also had Stone Fox from their original shades too. Here are the Maybelline shades I got... Left to right: Maybelline Loaded Bolds in Gone Greige, Wickedly White, Chocoholic, Violet Vixen, and Sapphire Siren Gone Greige is a beautiful nude-but-not-boring shade. It's a true matte and goes on really pigmented and smooth. It will definitely be my most-used of the bunch. I've been looking for a "greige" lipstick and this one is excellent (and…
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NYX Love in Paris palette in "Merci Beaucoup"

NYX Love in Paris palette in "Merci Beaucoup"

Eyes, Product reviews
Hi all, It's been a while since I've done a straight-up, old-fashioned review. I've had this NYX Love in Paris palette in "Merci Beaucoup" for a long time and finally decided to commit to using it for a couple weeks and get some notes down. I was always on the fence about this palette, and after this, I've definitely seen some awesome qualities and some not-so-great qualities. This palette comes with 9 shades and a small sponge-tip applicator. There's no mirror, but the clear window lets you see what in it at a glance, which I like for when I'm shuffling through a bunch of stuff! I noticed after taking these photos that the back of the palette lists the numbered shades with the palette laying sideways... Oops! I took photos…
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Trying on 4 New Drugstore Products

Trying on 4 New Drugstore Products

Beauty hauls, Eyes, First impressions, Lips, Product reviews, Videos
Hi all, I grabbed a few new things and thought I'd do a combo first impressions and try-on video. I got Wet 'n Wild's eyeshadow palette in Coming in Latte, Illumi-naughty concealer pen in Posing Nude, Velvet Matte Lip Color in Hickory Smoked, and Maybelline's Color Tattoo Crayon in Barely Beige. Check out my first impressions and wear for day 1: https://youtu.be/gTVDQYWayhw I wore a couple of these products on the second day, just to see if I felt differently about anything. The concealer looked better, but I still prefer the tried-and-true Maybelline version. I think if you're on a budget and aren't too picky, this is a great option, though. I wore the Color Tattoo Crayon alone without a primer, and by the end of the day it was clumped up…
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L'Oreal La Palettes 1 & 2 Review

L'Oreal La Palettes 1 & 2 Review

Eyes, Palettes and sets, Product reviews, Videos
Hey guys! I was able to find these new L’Oreal La Palette nude eyeshadow palettes at Target a couple weeks ago, so I wanted to do a quick review while everyone is starting to talk about these.  I have both of the available palettes—one is warmer-toned and the other has cooler, purple-toned shades. These have 10 shades each are $20 each at Target and most drugstores, but I’ve heard that Walmart has them for $15 each. I definitely suggest that you check for deals at your local drugstore, because these are a lot more expensive than what you usually see, but you mostly see BOGO half off, which only helps you if you’re getting both.  Anyway, I talk about these palettes and show live swatches in my video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jChi1ts-a6Y In…
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HUGE Haul: Christmas gifts, Sephora, Drugstore

Beauty hauls, Style, Style hauls, Videos
Hi guys, I hope you all had a great holiday! I've been enjoying time with my family. I wanted to share with you a few things I got for Christmas, along with items I've picked up over the past month. The video also includes my camera shy, football-watching boyfriend, who's visiting me right now. http://youtu.be/AIZdxBNbpD0 Products Mentioned: Maybelline Dream Lumi Concealer in Radiant and Ivory Almay Get Up and Grow Mascara Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze in Brunette Ardell 110 Lashes Twin Pack Up & Up Precision Blender Sponge Real Techniques Sculpting Brush Z-Palette Benjabelle Daisy Brush Tree Sigma Brush Cleaning Glove (2nd version) First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser Lavanilla Healthy Deodorant (original scent) Clarisonic Smart Profile System + Deep Pore Cleanser sample…
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Holiday Red Lipsticks on a Budget

Holiday Red Lipsticks on a Budget

Beauty steals, Lips, Product reviews, Seasonal, Videos, Winter
Hello, everyone! I'm back at home and enjoying the pre-holiday craziness with my family. I thought it would be a good time to take a look at some amazing, affordable red lipsticks--from bright to sultry, shiny to matte. With holiday parties and family gatherings, you're bound to need more than one (or at least that's what I tell myself when I see how much lipstick I have)! http://youtu.be/Bak7sSkBscA   Products Mentioned: https://flic.kr/p/qw7dMK Covergirl Lip Perfection Pencil in Passion Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Red Diva Rimmel Lasting Finish Stay On Lip Contouring Pencil in Wine https://flic.kr/p/qeykph L'Oreal La Laque in I Laque You A Lot (shine) ELF Matte Lipcolor in Rich Red (matte) Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Love That Red (shine) Wet 'n Wild Megalast Lipstick in Sunset Siren…
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CVS Haul | June 2014

CVS Haul | June 2014

Beauty hauls, Videos
Hi, guys! Very exciting times--I made a video to show what I got at CVS yesterday. I know it's not perfect, and in fact I'm super nervous posting it knowing that there are obvious flaws, but we've all gotta start somewhere, right? Please watch, enjoy, and let me know what you think! I definitely want to keep at it and get better, so suggestions are welcomed. First thing on my list for next time is to fix the lighting... Next is to find some better video editing software while I'm away from home this summer (I'm rocking iMovie 2010 here after getting used to Adobe Premiere Pro). [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KU2algRRKM0?rel=0&w=560&h=315] In my haul: Maybelline Eye Studio Quad in Copper Chic (wearing in the video) Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Candied Toffees…
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Sephora + Drugstore Haul and First Impressions

Sephora + Drugstore Haul and First Impressions

Beauty hauls, First impressions, Product reviews
Hey guys, I got a little shopping in as I'm settling back into my dorm and gearing up for my last semester of undergrad (yikes!). Let's get started... Sephora Stila Holiday Essentials Kit I picked up this Stila set because I've been really wanting to try out the stay all day liner pen and the powder version of Kitten. Another lip sample is just a bonus! The liner was much more wet than I thought it would be, it's very much a liquid liner despite the felt tip. It was very pigmented and I didn't need to go over it other than to smooth it out. It also really did last all day, and I trust that it would get me through any weather or sweat I could encounter. Kitten…
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Dove Dry Shampoo

Hair, Product reviews
Hello, all! Dry shampoo is absolutely necessary in my beauty arsenal. I wash my hair every 2-4 days, so I need to have something around to refresh my roots on my off days that is quicker than rinsing my hair. I had heard good things about Dove's dry shampoo, and I've been using it for a few months. This is a great dry shampoo if you're looking for something cheap that you can find at any drugstore. This is definitely not something you'd spray in your hair like a hairspray---too much and you'll see the white product. I just part my hair a few times around my head and give a couple short sprays at the roots, rub it all in, and then brush it out. It makes my hair…
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Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette

Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette

FOTD, Tutorials and Tips
Hi, everyone! I'm so sorry I haven't posted in a while. I had a crazy week and didn't have much time to get photos together for a post. But now I do! https://flic.kr/p/qsuwE4 I was playing around with my Wet n Wild palette in Comfort Zone and decided to post a tutorial for this really simple neutral smokey-ish look. It's super easy and only takes a couple minutes to do. 1. Take the "browbone" shade from the right side of the palette and pat it into the inner 2/3 of the lid. https://flic.kr/p/qbfv2e 2. Take the "definer" shade from the right side and work it into the outer third, blending it in with your base color. Drag any excess through your crease. https://flic.kr/p/pvF8co 3. Dip your brush into the "definer"…
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